The American Studies Department encourages its concentrators to study abroad.
Courses taken abroad can be used to fulfill a variety of requirements in the concentration. Students who plan to study abroad should consult with the concentration advisor early in their planning process.
The concentration seeks to connect study abroad with campus-based education. Students who plan to use study abroad credits toward the concentration will be asked to consider their study abroad experiences in relationship to the American Studies concentration answering questions about the ways in which formal classes, living outside the U.S., and travel have caused them to consider their concentration in new ways. Students might contribute one page monthly reports to a department study abroad blog or present similar information in other formats, including but not limited to, videos, tours (including interviews with tourists and natives), or a Flickr site. The Office of International Programs now sponsors GLISPS (Global Independent Studies) where students work with a Brown faculty member while abroad and a GLISP would substitute for both this study abroad report and could serve as a substitute for the Honors Seminar with the student conducting research abroad for their Honors Project and returning with a proposal as the final paper for the GLISP.